PRETORIA – A former police officer has denied giving infamous Mamelodi taxi boss Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela his passport to journey in a foreign country, thus violating his bail circumstances within the homicide case of businessman Wandile Bozwana.
The North Gauteng Excessive Court docket in Pretoria subpoenaed Siphiwe Xulu after Mathibela’s authorized consultant insisted that the officer gave the accused his passport.
The State is making use of to have Mathibela’s R50 000 bail forfeited and his bail cancelled after he allegedly violated his bail circumstances.
Mathibela, 33, was arrested on a separate matter on March 13 on expenses of extortion, intimidation and assault. He subsequently appeared within the decrease courtroom and remains to be in custody.
The State mentioned that Mathibela was arrested whereas getting ready to go on a vacation to Dubai regardless of his bail circumstances stopping him from leaving the nation.
As well as, the State has argued that Mathibela spent 4 days in Mauritius whereas out on bail for the homicide of Bozwana.
Mathibela’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever argued that Mathibela had complied together with his bail circumstances, together with handing over his passport and a title deed to his property.
She mentioned following preparations between Xulu and his lawyer, Mathibela was given his passport to journey to Mauritius in 2017.
On Wednesday whereas on the stand, Xulu denied receiving the passport and the title deed.
“For each doc I obtain of vital info, I signal for it…and the individual handing over additionally indicators for it. I checked my 2017 diary and there’s no the place I or respondent had signed,” Xulu mentioned.
Van den Heever requested Xulu whether or not he understood that because the investigating officer, he was in control of receiving Mathibela’s passport.
Xulu mentioned the Justice of the Peace didn’t specify that Xulu ought to confiscate the passport. He insisted the courtroom used the phrase “produce”, that means the accused ought to merely produce the passport to the police.
The previous police captain mentioned his job was to open a file on Mathibela, confirm his handle and that of the co-accused, and guarantee Mathibela reviews to the Midrand police station frequently.
He mentioned he was not conscious of who was tasked with amassing Mathibela’s passport.
Xulu mentioned they had been eight investigating officers on the matter and he was faraway from the case, together with others.
Two officers, who beforehand took the stand, conceded that Xulu was eliminated as an investigating officer.
Constable Evans Mongwe had informed the courtroom he was knowledgeable that Mathibela was in possession of his passport and didn’t hand it over.
The matter continues.
African Information Company (ANA)